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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin desertum, from Latin desertus, past participle of deserere 'to desert'

desert

1 noun
     
des‧ert1
1 [uncountable and countable]SG a large area of land where it is always very hot and dry, and there is a lot of sand:
the Sahara Desert
This area of the country is mostly desert.
in the desert
The plane crash-landed in the desert.
2 [countable] a place where there is no activity or where nothing interesting happens:
The railroad yard was a desert now.
! Do not confuse desert and dessert although they have similar spellings.
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